Heading into the 2006 season, Blaine volleyball coach Celeste Gorman had 10 seniors and the result was a third-place state trophy, her first since taking over the program a year earlier.
Spring Lake Park returns a few key players from last season, but what has impressed coach Sarah Herlofsky the most is the level of the team’s fitness.
Blaine High School graduate Elizabeth Hawkins and her University of St. Thomas volleyball team made history when they defeated Calvin (Mich.) College.
Blaine volleyball came back from down 0-2 to win the Class AAA state third place trophy 3-2 against Shakopee at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Nov. 10.
Winning a game at state was a reasonable goal for Blaine this year. The No. 2 seeded Bengals came into state riding a 20-match winning streak and pushed it to 21 games after a 3-0 win in the state quarterfinals over Bemidji.